Prescription drug abuse workshop

Guest speaker John Bringuel from the Council on Alcohol and Drugs speaks to a crowd at the Catoosa County Learning Center about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and misuse on July 24.

Community members and government officials attended a workshop July 24 to learn about prescription drug abuse and misuse.

John Bringuel from the Council on Alcohol and Drugs was the guest speaker. He dis-cussed the trends and dangers of prescription drug abuse and misuse, as well as the community’s role in prevention.

Prescription drugs are abused more than cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and meth combined, according to Catoosa Prevention Initiative communications and administrative assistant Col-leen Crawford.

The Catoosa Prevention Initiative (CaPI) is a community movement dedicated to helping teens and children avoid problems related to underage drinking and prescription drug abuse and misuse, according to the organizations website. The movement focuses on people ages 12-25.

The recent workshop is just one of the ways CaPI strives to educate the public in preven-tion techniques. An ongoing initiative in educating the public is CaPI’s “Be the Wall” cam-paign. The campaign encourages families to take a firm stance against alcohol and drug use to establish boundaries for children.

“CaPI wants all children to grow to be happy and healthy adults free from alcohol and drug addictions,” the website reads. “We work to educate parents, teens, children and all community members how to prevent kids from becoming involved with alcohol and prescription drug abuse and misuse. CaPI collaborates with all sectors of the community - from schools to businesses to law enforcement and more in between - to make a strong wall of help for our children.”